Prominent civil rights leader, the Rev. Horace Sheffield III, is expected to be charged today with domestic violence following an encounter with his estranged wife, according to DeadlineDetroit.com.
Sheffield, who plans to try to unseat 14-term U.S. Rep. John Conyers, is accused of grabbing his wife’s phone to prevent her from calling 911 during an argument at his house on the 18000 block of Warrington Street on Detroit’s west side.
Deadline Detroit reported that no other contact occurred between the two.
“This is not about physical violence,” Sheffield’s spokesman Adolph Mongo told Deadline Detroit. “This is not about physical violence. This is about a cell phone. They should let them work their issues out. It should be worked out in divorce court, not criminal court.”
Sheffield, a longtime advocate of nonviolence, is the bishop at New Destiny Baptist Church.
His daughter, Mary Sheffield, is serving her first term on the City Council.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.